With the changing of the seasons comes a host of new restuarants. Phoenixville, Chadds Ford, Conshohocken, Chester Springs and Downingtown are proving current hot spots. Here are five restaurants you won’t want to miss this spring.
Found in the former Marley’s space on Bridge Street in Phoenixville, this cozy BYO offers fine dining at affordable prices. Chef Steve Howells’ creative specialties include tasting menus and small plates. For $45, you can get four courses of classic French with a modern American twist, or Asian dishes boasting Middle Eastern ingredients. Sink your teeth into the likes of lobster roe spaghettini with green onion and shiitake mushrooms; or slow-cooked sous vide hanger steak with buttered Swiss chard and smoked potato and onion rings.
106 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 924-9906.
Chadds Ford has a new upscale-casual dining experience featuring modern Mexican favorites, plus a tequila and mezcal bar thanks to La Piña Valley Cantina. With menu items like tableside guacamole, grilled cactus césar salad, grilled octopus, spicy shrimp tacos, braised short rib and mole chicken, this cantina is bound to be an irresistible hit. Located in the Garnet Valley Plaza shopping center, La Piña is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week: Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
95 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, (484) 800-8055.
Enchildas from Chadds Ford’s La Piña Valley Cantina. Photo by Edwin Williams Photography LLC.
With all eyes set on an April opening date, get ready for modern American cuisine, an impressive selection of wine by the glass and indulgent cocktails in Conshohocken. Sean Weinberg is behind Imbibe Food & Drink, and his tried-and-true restaurant track record speaks for itself: He also co-owns Restaurant Alba in Malvern and BIGA Pizza + Beer in Bryn Mawr. Imbibe is already busy setting up shop in Stella Blu’s former location, and will be accepting reservation beginning on March 15.
101 Ford St., Conshohocken, (484) 368-3330.
Boasting “honest eats, cold beer,” Epicurean Garage will fit right into Chester County’s bustling dining scene when it opens this April. Chef and owner Lee Krasley (former owner of American Bar and Grill) is looking forward to serving farm-to-table comfort food like wild mushroom, bacon and brie grass-fed Lancaster County Angus burgers, fried chicken and waffles with cayenne honey and lollipop lamb chops in Chester Springs. Most ingredients will be sourced locally, and Epicurean Garage will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the breakfast menu available all day. Look for outdoor seating and outdoor live music in the warmer months.
570 Simpson Drive, Chester Springs.
If you didn’t get enough tacos at La Piña, then get ready to visit Estrella Tacos y Mas coming to Downingtown early this spring. Besides serving up Taco Tuesday, this new addition promises to make fresh, homemade flour tortillas daily, plus brisket and egg sandwiches and sausage wraps for breakfast. Or opt for corn tortillas with queso and a variety of salsas to top your taco for lunch or dinner. Staying true to its motto of “Tacos – Beer – Brisket – Love,” Estrella Tacos y Mas will not disappoint, especially with a variety of Pennsylvania craft beers and cocktails.
202 East Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.